OFF-ROAD motorists have been stopped in their tyre tracks by a shiny new gate.
The barrier appeared along the rutted Ramsden Road above Holme.
The route is classified as a Byway Open to All Traffic (Boat).
Tony Vangrove, of Honley, a 4 x 4 enthusiast, wants to get to the bottom of the mystery and find out who put the gate up - and why.
Calls to the authorities have so far drawn a blank. When Mr Vangrove rang Kirklees Council's highways department he was told Yorkshire Water could have put the gate up.
Yorkshire Water say they are not responsible - and suggested ringing the highways department.
Mr Vangrove said: "There are 2,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways in Kirklees where you can't use a 4 by 4. There are about 10 miles of roads you legally can. If you put a gate across, the next step is they put a chain across it."
The gate is not bolted or locked and traffic is free to pass through.
Mr Vangrove has been using the route for about 15 years.
It heads past Yateholme and Riding Wood reservoirs as it winds to Cartworth Moor above the Holme Valley.
Mr Vangrove made an appeal to those responsible for the gate, saying: "I really want them to move it because it's illegal. It shouldn't be there."
He sees no reason why it has been erected.
He said: "I have never seen sheep or any other farm animals loose there."
A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said officials were looking into the matter.